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Duval County Public Schools superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti joins us to discuss his agenda for education on the First Coast. Major changes such as new magnet schools, single gender education, trade schools and more are being considered to improve student achievement. Vitti says he is trying to create more quality educational choices to lure parents and students back from charter and private schools while also saving some under-enrolled, under-performing schools from closing their doors.

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Jacksonville’s Blood Alliance is retiring one of its Bloodmobiles, but it’s not being put out to pasture. It will keep pumping… in Haiti.

The Blood Alliance is giving a Bloodmobile, a gift worth $230,000, to a group called Zanmi Lasante where it will be used as a mobile Health Clinic serving more than three million people.

Odette Struys of The Blood Alliance says an air-conditioned mobile clinic can help Zanmi Lasante Haiti reach more patients.

Jacksonville City Council President Clay Yarborough delayed a final vote on pension reform legislation that was set for this week over what he says are new concerns that have recently surfaced about the deal. What to do about Jacksonville’s mounting pension debt has become a pressing financial problem and one that is playing a role in the city’s mayor’s race. We discuss Jacksonville’s pension issues with UNF president John Delaney and UNF criminologist Dr. Mick Hallett.

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There is a critical shortage of some blood types on First Coast.

Blood Alliance Diversifies Stock With Hispanic Heritage Drive

Sep 6, 2013
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Jacksonville lawmakers and local health officials are turning to an unlikely activity to spur community involvement.

The Blood Alliance, the only supplier of blood to dozens of area hospitals, is asking for the public's help.

"United We Care" blood drives are happening in Orange Park and St. Augustine on Saturday, June 22, to help build the community’s blood supply prior to the Fourth of July holiday. Organizers say critical shortages of several different blood types are driving the effort.